Monday, October 3, 2011

MDC fries up Asian carp at Mississippi River Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Missouri Department of Conservation hosted a Mississippi River Day on Saturday that was part of the family weekend festivities at Southeast Missouri State University.

Little kids competed at casting rods, boats cut through the Mississippi River water, and everybody had a chance to sample different kinds of fish.

Dr. Quinton Phelps, systems ecologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said the taste test was designed to see which type of fish ... Tilapia, Catfish, or Asian Carp ... was preferred by most people.

"The survey that we did was fairly broad based. It incorporated a range of ages from small children all the way up to grandparents, so we had a very good demographic and it didn’t really seem to matter what age you were, it seemed like Asian Carp were the preferred fish to consume," Phelps said.

The Asian Carp is an invasive species that is endangering the local ecosystem of the Mississippi River.

The carp eat food that native fish depend upon. Local fish population are suffering due to the carp’s incursion.

Phelps says the taste test should help determine if there is a market within the local fish industry for Asian Carp.

The results of the taste test will be posted at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center later this week.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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